Yi Zhou was born in Shanghai in 1978, grew up and studied art in Rome, then lived in London before settling in Paris, where she now dedicates herself to her work.
Yi is a polyglot with multicultural origins. In her creations, she has chosen the virtual as a universal language. She belongs to a generation that spends its time between a computer and a smartphone, and quite naturally sees video as the main medium in which to express herself, as it is “the most accessible form in which to immortalise a present reality.”
Her work focuses therefore mainly on video, and has developed today thanks to the new technologies such as 3D. However, it is enhanced by the use of more traditional mediums such as drawing and sculpture, which the artist even uses sometimes to offer possibilities for complementary expression: for example, engraved marble becomes a screen on which to project her videos.
Her artistic world is filled with poetry, sitting on the boundary between the real and the imaginary, hyper-realism and hallucination. Her fantastic, phantasmagorical creations explore the myth of transformation, the fragmentation of the world, childhood, abandonment, solitude, the alter ego, etc.